Author Archives: Michelle Krocker

Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program

The City of Alexandria invites the public to provide feedback on a proposed amendment to the city’s bonus density program. Plan to attend an information and listening session on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (Seniors Room), 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.   The Bonus

FY18 Budgets Constrained

In the next two weeks, local governments will unveil their draft Fiscal Year 2018 budgets, and the word CONSTRAINED can aptly be applied to all of them. A common set of challenges face many of our local jurisdictions including: Robust growth in school populations and the need for new school construction; Persistently stubborn high vacancy

NoVA on $32,000 a Year

Housing costs are extremely high in our area, and the abundant supply of older, affordable rental units built in the ’40s and ’50s has almost disappeared from our landscape as thousands of units have been renovated and converted to higher rents, or demolished and replaced with new luxury units. No where is this more evident

NoVA 2017

Here’s what we’ll be watching in NoVA in 2017: Development is picking up in the City of Alexandria, including new projects by nonprofit developers of affordable housing. Last year the City Council approved AHC’s St. James Plaza, and in December Alexandria Housing Development Corporation and Carpenter’s Shelter received approval to build a new shelter with

Alexandria Meeting on Surplus City Parcels

The City of Alexandria will hold a Community Meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Durant Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron Street, regarding the disposition of the following City-owned surplus properties: 912, 916 and 920 King Street; 116 S. Henry Street; and 120, 122 and 122 ½ N. Patrick Street.   For

What’s Ahead

A new Administration, a Republican-controlled Congress and a new set of priorities. Little mention was made of housing affordability, safety-net programs, persistent poverty, or better access to  economic opportunities for lower-income households by Mr. Trump on the campaign trail, and his lack of public service or policy-making experience makes it difficult to know what to

Affordability Drives Growth

We’ve been saying for some time now that providing affordable housing opportunities for the workforce is critical to the region’s ability to attract and retain businesses. But now you don’t have to take our word for it – you can hear it firsthand from an employer. Recently Andrew Florance, chief executive of CoStar Group, penned

HTFs – $1.5 Billion Impact

The power of community consensus and advocacy are highlighted at the beginning of the Housing Trust Fund Survey Report 2016 from the Center for Community Change, which states that: “They [trust funds] exist because community organizers, housing advocates and elected officials alike have agreed that a permanent stream of revenues for housing that’s affordable should

VHA Fall Policy Forum

In their first year as the merged Virginia Housing Alliance, VHA will present legislative and housing program updates, as well as updates on innovative homeless services work being done by the continuums of care (COCs) in Virginia. Those in the housing and homelessness world including housing providers and developers, housing authorities, homeless service providers, CDFIs

Fairfax Co Housing Strategic Plan

At the request of the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently presented their framework for a new Housing Strategic Plan for the County. Stressing that this would not be a needs assessment, HCD’s Director said that this plan will align with other recent master plans, including the